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  • To an outsider, seaweed may seem to be only a likely source of income for fishermen but within this remote community - where fishing used to be the way of life - seaweed cultivation provides a strategy to stamp out conflict. The fishermen in Halmahera Island’s Kao Bay are amongst thousands of people in eastern Indonesia who have benefited from a peace and conflict prevention project supported by the Government of Indonesia and UNDP.

  • Among other things, the project is supporting the development of a provincial Human Development Report, as well as training in pro-poor planning and budgeting (P3BM) for provincial government authorities. In other provinces where the P3BM methodology has been adopted, a 17-20% average real increase in local government budgetary allocations to the poor has been witnessed.

  • More than 120,000 people killed & half a million displaced in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami. The Tsunami Recovery Waste Management Programme (TRWMP) returned over 1,000 hectares of land covered in debris to fertile ground. 135 households of the Kareung Ateuh community can restart their livelihoods and improve their standards of living.

  • “We are like husband and wife,” Temanagung village chief H. Asrori Widarto said to a roomful of laughs, looking over at Yatin, the head of Ngargomulyo village.

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